Beautiful Thing

PLAYWRIGHT
Jonathan Harvey

DIRECTOR
David Crowe

April 29 – June 5, 2002

Gut-busting, in-your-face comedy!

SYNOPSIS

Jamie and Ste (short for Steve) are teenage neighbors in a
working-class housing project in London. Jamie is bookish and
shy while Ste is more athletic. Neither one has an ideal home life:
Jamie’s mother Sandra is bitter over her financial situation and
her romantic life, but she’s willing to settle for a bloke named Tony
and cover up her disappointment with scathing humor; Ste’s
father and brother abuse him in the form of escalating domestic
squabbles and actual beatings. After one such fight, Ste asks
Sandra if he can stay at her house and she lets him and Jamie
bunk together.
As their friendship grows, Jamie begins to realize he has stronger
feelings for Ste, and one night, after Ste suffers a particularly bad
beating, the two boys decide to experiment together. Both
realizing they’re gay, Ste and Jamie begin a tentative relationship.
Soon, Sandra hears the rumor that her son’s gay, and knowing
that he’s been having trouble in school, she confronts him and he
admits the truth. Ste and Jamie’s friend, Leah, is also in on the
secret and she’s supportive of them, probably because of her
own outsider status as a Mama Cass worshipper. The play ends
with the two boys feeling less alone in the world than before; they
have each other, and even the bickering Sandra and Leah call a
truce and accompany the boys in a slow dance for all their
neighbors to see.

“ALL THE MORE POWERFUL FOR BEING SO FEARLESSLY UNPREDICTABLE.”

– Los Angeles TIMES

“SEARING AND SENSATIONALLY FUNNY!”

– New York Times

“EXPLOSIVE. INSANELY ENTERTAINING AND COMPLETELY ENGAGING.”

– New York Magazine

Cast & Creative Team

Brian Crawford

Steve

CLifton Guterman

Jamie

Aprylle Ross

Leah

Caleb Clark

Actor five

COREY J. FINLEY

PETER UNDERSTUDY

ABBEY KINCHELOE

LYDIA UNDERSTUDY

JESSE SMITH

COACH UNDERSTUDY

PLAYWRIGHT

Jonathan Harvey

DIRECTOR

David Crowe

SCENIC DESIGNER

Rochelle Barker

LIGHTING DESIGNER

BRIDGET BEIER

COSTUME DESIGNER

SYDNEY ROBERTS

Sound Designer

JILLL MELANCON

PROPERTIES DESIGNER/ SET DECORATOR

NICK BATTAGLIA

Stage Manager

Joan Foster McMarty

INTIMACY CHOREOGRAPHER

ASH ANDERSON

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

WHITNEY NELSON

Stage Manager

Joan Foster McMarty

PRODUCTION MANAGER

SEAMUS M. BOURNE

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

D. CONNOR MCVEY

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

ENGLISH BRACKETT

PRODUCTION ELECTRICIAN

TOM PRIESTER

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

ELIZA CRAFT

CASTING DIRECTOR

SHEILA OLIVER

CASTING ASSOCIATE

JUSTIN KALIN

CHARGE SCENIC ARTIST

AMANDA NERBY

WIG DESIGNER

LAMONT SAMUELS

RUNNING TIME

Two hours with one intermission

CONTENT ADVISORY

Audience Advisory: This production contains full nudity, strong adult language and descriptions and depictions of sensitive and intense issues and situations. For more detailed information about potential trigger warnings, please click HERE

SEATING

There is open seating for this production.

PERFORMANCES

Previews

May 12 & 13 at 8 pm

Opening Night

May 14 at 8 pm

Regular Performances

May 14 – June 12, 2022
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 2 pm

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